Season Finale of Reggae Lover

This season finale opens a few cans of worms. 

Questions come up like:

  • Is the stereotype that Jamaicans don’t like soca dead?
  • Does the Red Bull Culture Clash clash with soundclash culture?
  • Has Afrobeat replaced Dancehall for real?
  • Do young people everywhere know who Bad Bunny and Afro B are? Do they know Chronic Law and Squash?
  • We will be back in 2020 with amazing new content and this year was a blast. 

Reggae Lover Podcast 2019

 

We take a few minutes at the top for our favorite memories and takeaways from this season. Also, we do some shout outs and let you know how you can interact and support the show.

Thank you so much for the love over the last 47 episodes.  Don’t forget to check out our archives (talk and mixes) and please enjoy your Christmas and New Year celebrations safely.

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Style and Vibes

Mikelah Rose, creator of the “Style & Vibes” Caribbean-American lifestyle blog and podcast is the guest on this episode of Reggae Lover.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode.
  • Covering music, fashion, beauty and culture from a Caribbean perspective.
  • The importance of documenting Caribbean global influence and trends.
  • Getting guests to open up and give fantastic interviews on the Style and Vibes podcast.
  • Mikelah Rose’s reggae lover journey and early album picks.
  • Top reggae/dancehall artists representing the culture right now.
  • Favorite songs or artists for different moods and occasions.

Looking Back at 2009-2019 Reggae

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ĀGARD and Kahlil Wonda argue their predictions about how the current period of reggae music will be viewed in the future.

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KING AP SOUND | REGGAE LOVER PODCAST # 153

THIS REGGAE LOVER EPISODE FEATURES A LEGENDARY ATL SOUND SYSTEM SELECTOR, FADDA JINX of KING AP SOUND.

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  • 0:56 – Early history of King Apocalypse
  • 9:43 – Meeting Marc Stewart, doing college radio, and getting bookings
  • 10:39 – Preparing to be a hardcore selector by cutting foundation dubs
  • 11:50 – Process of building a dub box in the late ’90s
  • 13:40 – Competition and being able to defend yourself at any time when playing out
  • 15:49 – Voicing the big bad Super Cat dubplate
  • 20:09 – Expanding to incorporate King AP’s Connecticut branch
  • 24:27 – Doing more sound clashes in the future
  • 33:20 – 1990s soundclash versus today
  • 35:58 – The most well attended ATL sound clash
  • 43:22 – Team Torment family
  • 47:11 – Events: Beer Vibes (ATL) & Jouvert (CT); Reggaematic carnival band

Follow King AP on Twitter and Instagram @KingAPSound @faddajinx. For bookings contact (678) 923-1981 or kingapmusic@gmail.com.

This episode was sponsored by DOGS420 and featured analog style instrumental, Körsbär (Cherry) by Hans Majestät from Sweden featured on 2019 album Frukt, Vol. 1.

The Reggae Lover theme music was produced by ĀGARD out of Brooklyn, NYC.

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[Podcast] Reggae Promotion Best Practices with David Driveway Cam

This episode of the Reggae Lover podcast produced by Highlanda Sound features a discussion with top-rated reggae promoter and videographer David “Driveway Cam.”

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Driveway shares best practices for networking, marketing, and building a community using social media.  We talk about his passion for dancehall culture, the mission to showcase Atlanta talent, and much more.

If you want a movement to go a certain way you need other people to help you get there.  It is never on yourself.

 

No matter how much blood sweat and tears you put into it, If you don’t have a team or supporters, you only can go so far.

It’s a marketing strategy.  If people know you’re willing to support them, then they’re more likely to support you.

DURING THE INTERVIEW WE TOUCHED ON:

  • 5:38 – Driveway Cam’s dancehall videography explosion.
  • 6:23 – The narrative: Atlanta selectors have talent.
  • 7:29 – Difference between the NYC and ATL dancehall scenes?
  • 9:37 – Difference between Jamaican and ATL dancehall scenes?
  • 11:44 – Planning themed events & choosing talent (Rewind Sundays)
  • 18:50 – Driveway’s Summer 2019 playlist & ATL top 5 artists.
  • 22:23 – How to support and build a community using social media.
  • 26:01 – Importance of having a strong network.
  • 29:31 – Recruiting supporters and a good team.
  • 31:41 – Prospects of Atlanta as a sound clash market.

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Best Summer Songs 2019

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD list their top Reggae and Afro-Caribbean selections for summer 2019.

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AGARD recaps Walshy Fire’s exclusive New York City album release party. The new album, Abeng, is available now on all digital platforms.

Albums:

  • Walshy Fire – Abeng
  • Shaggy – Wah Gwaan?!
  • Koffee – Rapture (EP)
  • Collie Budz – Hybrid
  • Jemere Morgan – Self Confidence
  • Marcia Griffiths – TImeless
  • Unity Sound Worldwide – Family Buss (Riddim)
  • Oneness Records – Lioness Order (Riddim)

Singles:

  • Call Me – Walshy Fire ft. Mr. Easi and Kranium
  • Rapture (Remix) – Koffee ft. Govana
  • Shape Nice – Afro B ft. Dre Skull and Vybz Kartel
  • Level Up – Popcaan
  • Nah Mad (Ova No Gyal) – Munga Honorebel
  • Dolla Van – Busy Signal
  • Not Another Word – Protoje ft. Lil Ike and Agent Sasco
  • Toast – Koffee
  • Throne – Koffee
  • Country For Sale – Buju Banton
  • Mama – Jahmiel ft. Stonebwoy

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What recent releases will you be rocking this Summer?  Email: reggaeloverpodcast at gmail dot com.

The New Music of Jamaica

Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.

Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.

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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.

The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.

Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.

References:

  • Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
  • Koffee – Toast
  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
  • Lila Ike – Biggest Fan
  • Toots and the Maytals – Do the Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 20 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry,
  • Johnny Osborne – Water Pumping
  • Reggae Lover Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo,
  • The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  • Reggae Lover Episode 120 – Dub.
  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – None of Jah Jah Children
  • Hood Celebrity – Walking Trophy
  • King Tubbys – King of the Arena
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Justin Beiber – Sorry
  • Koffee – Rapture
  • Bob Marley – Talking Blues
  • Reggae Lover Episode 126 – Dancehall vs Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 133 – The Influence of Reggae
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The Ultimate Weekly 90s Dancehall Experience Every Thursday

Strictly 90s Dancehall and Hip Hop all night at Paradise Louge.

✅ Beautiful People  ✅ Great Music    ✅ Great Vibes

#Throwback Party vibes by Highlanda Sound and Miami’s Heavy Hitter DJ Springer.

Late night Happy Hour: $5 Cocktails & $2 Beer.

Doors Open 9pm. Ladies Free Before 10PM with RSVP.

Come let your hair down after work each Thursday at the Paradise Lounge.

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2400 Satellite Boulevard

Duluth, GA 30096

 

Marlon (Reggae Vibes Radio) on the decline of quality in reggae music

One of the founders of Reggae Vibes Radio, Mr. Marlon Folkes (DJ Marlon), takes us through his reggae journey sharing insights learned along the way.

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  • Marlon built up a sound system called Nitty Phonic in St. Andrew, Jamaica in the late 80s.
  • Queens, New York became Nitty Phonic’s home in the 90s where they played out weekly.
  • In October 2011 Reggae Vibes Radio set out to serve as a conduit for upcoming reggae artistes to showcase their skills and talents.
  • A few years later the record label Reggae Vibes Music launched to carry out a similar mission.

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I-Octane Miami Album Release & Birthday Bash Promo CD | Reggae Lover 97

Listen to the official promo mix for I-Octane’s May 4th Miami Album Release/Birthday event.

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This is a special edition of Blackfyre Ent’s Madhouse Fridays at Club Fate, 601 Silks Run # 2499, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

I-Octane is celebrating his third full-length album “Love & Life!” Preview songs from the album “Love & Life,” including “Up to We”, “Pretty Loud (feat. J Boog)”, “Let Me Love You” and many more. Shaggy, Demarco, Yanique the Curvy Diva, Ginjah, and Romain Virgo have features on the album.

Check out “Love & Life” by I-Octane on Amazon Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music and more. Stream ad-free from your desktop or mobile device, or buy CD’s and MP3s now.

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